Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Retail encompasses so many different career paths and it sounds like you did have experience both in restaurants and in clothing. Think about retail outside of one unit, perhaps there is a corporate position you may be able to utilize your past experience and really enjoy. There are roles in communications, recruiting, customer service, operations, finance, marketing, visual merchandising, loss prevention, human resources and many more to consider in retail. Retail is also inclusive of banks, food markets, auto dealerships, banks, florist and of course the two you have experience. Customer service is a very desired skill and I think using your past experience to leap into another role may be something to think about; You also want to check into benefits/rewards that companies offer their employees, many companies offer some sort of tuition reimbursement that may be a great way to continue your education and at the same time help you out with the transition. Good Luck!